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Evidence of English Proficiency

Applicants seeking regular admission whose native language is not English must submit minimum satisfactory scores on one of the following standardized tests:

  • 550 (paper-based TOEFL) / 79 (internet-based TOEFL)
  • 6.5 on the IELTS - You may give us your Test Report Form (TRF) number so that we may access your official IELTS score by submitting the IELTS Score Verification Form.
  • 58 on the PTE-A

The test must have been taken within two years immediately preceding the requested semester of admission and be valid at the time of enrollment. No other measures of English proficiency are accepted by the University of Arkansas for the purpose of gaining admission.

Information concerning location, dates, and application materials may be obtained by connecting to the TOEFL web site, the IELTS website, or the Pearson Test of English Academic web site.

Transfer students who have completed English Composition I and II with grades of C or above at an accredited U.S. college or university are not required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-A.

Graduate applicants who have completed requirements for a Master's degree from an accredited U.S. university are not required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score. However, if deemed appropriate, individual departments may require a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score or other verification of English proficiency. Students applying to a Ph.D. program in the Sam M. Walton College of Business must submit one of these tests at the time of admission.

Speaking & Writing score requirements for Graduate Assistantships:

Non-native speakers of English, regardless of citizenship, even if eligible for a TOEFL waiver, must demonstrate competency in both spoken and written English to be eligible for a graduate assistantship that requires direct contact with students in a teaching or tutorial role, in a traditional classroom setting or via distance education. For complete information see the section Non-Native Speakers of English in the Catalog of Studies: http://catalog.uark.edu/graduatecatalog/admissions/

Intensive English Program-Conditional Admission

Applicants who meet all requirements for admission except the required English proficiency will be offered conditional admission to the University. Conditionally admitted students will first attend Spring International Language Center (SILC) for intensive English language training prior to beginning academic studies. Intensive English classes at SILC focus on all language skills: grammar, reading, writing, and listening/speaking, in addition to special electives from which students can choose each term, such as TOEFL Preparation, Conversation, Vocabulary Building, Business English, and so on. Five nine-week terms are offered throughout the year to enable students to quickly complete their English study. For further information, you may contact Spring International Language Center at:

e-mail: silc@uark.edu   web site: http://www.uark.edu/silc

English Proficiency Alternative for Conditional Admits

For UNDERGRADUATE applicants: If a conditionally admitted undergraduate student has spent at least one 9-week term enrolled in Spring International Language Center, has reached level 5 or 6 with a B average and has the recommendation of the Director of Spring International, that student can proceed to academic enrollment in the next available term.

For GRADUATE applicants: If a conditionally admitted graduate student has spent at least one 9-week term enrolled in Spring International Language Center, has reached level 6 with grades of a B or above and has the recommendation of the Director of Spring International, that student can proceed to full-time graduate enrollment upon Graduate School approval.

Both graduate and undergraduate students recommended for admission by alternative or Committee petition must enroll in any ELAC (English Language and Culture) courses recommended/required.

Writing Score Requirements for UNDERGRADUATES

Upon admission, for enrollment into English composition courses, undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English must submit an acceptable writing score on one of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT Writing: 28
  • International English Language Testing System – IELTS (writing): 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic – PTE-A (writing): 77
  • UofA English Language Placement Test –ELPT (writing): 81

Students who meet the minimum writing score above will not be required to take additional language instruction. Students with lower scores will be required to successfully complete one or more writing support courses. If students take more than one test, the highest score will determine the requirement. Students may not present scores earned more than two years previous to the time of application to the University.

English Language Writing Score Requirements for Undergraduates
PTE Academic TOEFL
iBT
Writing
TOEFL
TWE
IELTS
Writing
ELPT
Writing
EASL
Requirements
77 - 84 28 - 30 5.0 6.5 81 No Requirements
71 - 74 26 - 27 4.5 6.0 75 - 80 ELAC 2043 Seminar in United States Culture, Communication, and Institutions
53 - 68 20-25 3.5 - 4.0 5.0 - 5.5 65 - 74 ELAC 1023 Academic Writing Across Disciplines & 0011 Writing Workshop: Grammar through Editing
0 - 51 0 - 19 1.0 - 3.0 0 - 4.5 0 - 64 IEP Evaluation

This requirement will be waived for students who have completed:

  • grades 10 thru 12, graduated from a U.S. high school and have obtained an ACT English section score of 19 or SAT I verbal score of 500 OR
  • English Composition I and II with grades of C or above at a U.S. college or university

There is a $15.00 charge for the ELPT which is given during New International Student Orientation.

Writing Score Requirements for GRADUATE STUDENTS

In addition to meeting the overall English proficiency requirement, graduate students who are non-native speakers of English are required to submit an acceptable writing score on one of the following accepted tests:

  • TOEFL iBT Writing: 29
  • International English Language Testing System – IELTS (writing): 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English–Academic – PTE–A (writing): 80
  • GRE Analytical Writing: 4.5
  • GMAT Analytical Writing: 5.0

UofA English Language Placement Test – ELPT (writing): 81

Students who meet the minimum writing score above will not be required to take additional language instruction. Students with lower scores will be required to successfully complete one or more writing support courses.

  • Level I students will not be required to take additional language instruction.
  • Level II students will be recommended to take additional language instruction.
  • Level III, IV, and V students will be required to successfully complete one or more of the courses as shown below. English Language Writing Score Requirements for Graduate Students
  PTE Academic TOEFL
iBT
Writing
IELTS
Writing
GRE
Analytical Writing
GMAT
Analytical Writing
ELPT
Writing
EASL Requirements
LEVEL I 80 – 84 29 – 30 7.0 4.5 5.0 81 No Requirements
LEVEL II 71 – 77 26 – 28 6.0 – 6.5 4.0 4.5 75 – 80 RECOMMENDED: ELAC 2033
LEVEL III 62 – 68 23 – 25 5.5 3.5 4.0 70 – 74 ELAC 2033 Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers & ELAC 0011 Writing Workshop: Grammar through Editing
LEVEL IV 53 – 59 20 – 22 5.0 3.0 3.5 65 – 69 Sem I: ELAC 1023 Academic Writing Across Disciplines & 0011 Writing Workshop: Grammar through Editing Sem II: ELAC 2033
LEVEL V 0 – 51 0 – 19 0 – 4.5 0 – 2.5 0 – 3.0 0 – 64 IEP Evaluation

This requirement is waived for students who have obtained an U.S. bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

*Graduate students applying for a Teaching Assistantship are required to submit sufficient speaking and writing scores.

There is a $15.00 charge for the ELPT which is given during New Student Orientation.

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